The Berkshire Eagle from Pittsfield, Massachusetts on March 10, 1988 · 44
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The Berkshire Eagle from Pittsfield, Massachusetts · 44

Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Thursday, March 10, 1988
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SPORTS D8 The Berkshire Eagle,1 Thursday, March 10, 1988 Deaths in sports jock semple cues at o4 PEABODY (UPI) - John "Jock" Semple, a longtime Boston Marathon official and local sports legend who, in a bizarre way, helped spark the acceptance of women as participants in world-class, longdistance running events, died yesterday following a long battle with cancer. He was 84. Semple is probably best known for leaping off the press truck at the 1967 Boston Marathon, lunging at runner Kathy Switzer, the first woman officially to run the famed road race, in an attempt to grab the registration number pinned to her sweatshirt. At the time, the marathon did not allow women to officially participate in the race. . For years, Semple, a physical thpranict Ku traHo ArmrafoH nut f( o UFWb -i UUk Jl u small, steamy room in ancient Rnstnn OarHpn wnrkinu thp kinks out of professional and amateur athletes. Although he was a healer for iflany athletes, Semple achieved national notoriety by running up behind Switzer at the 4-mile mark of the marathon almost 21 years ago. Switzer was given credentials to run the race in 1967 by signing her name "K. Switzer," and race officials apparently did not know she was a woman. Switzer said she was not attempting to break the male-only barrier, but only wanted to run the race. Ironically, Semple was the first one to welcome women to the Boston Marathon when the field was opened to everyone in 1972, said Switzer. "The fact that someone could change so dramatically gave me hope that the rest of the world could be as big and broad-minded," said Switzer. Switzer said she visited Semple in his hospital room last month and said they had a "wonderful, wonderful day together." The two were close friends for many years. Redden probe continues BATON ROUGE, La. (UPI) -Tissue samples were taken yesterday from the body of former Louisiana State University basketball star Don Redden, who apparently died of natural causes a. day earlier, a forensics expert said. Deputy coroner Chuck Smith said Tuesday "there were no drugs involved" in the death of Redden, 24, who was found unconscious about 7:30 a.m. at his girlfriend's apartment. He was dead on arrival about 30 minutes later at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. "It appears to be a normal, natural, death," Smith said. "There was no foul play involved, no illegal activity involved in the death of Don Redden." A funeral was scheduled today at . the non-denominational chapel on the LSU campus with burial to follow at a cemetery plot adjacent to that of another former LSU star "Pistol" Pete Maravich. Maravich, a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, died in January of a heart attack while playing a pickup basketball game in California. Redden, a 6-foot-6, 218-pound guard-forwafd, played at LSU from 1982-1986. He was named the Most Valuable Player at the 1986 Southeast Regional in Atlanta, leading LSU to the Final Four in Dallas. He averaged 21.6 points in postseason play that year as a team captain. Canisius death still mystery BUFFALO, N.Y. (UPI) - Medical experts have ruled out narrowed or blocked arteries, which commonly bring on heart attacks, as a cause in the weekend death of Canisius College basketball player Jeff Taggart, it was reported yesterday. Dr. Sung-ook Baik, associate chief county medical examiner who performed an autopsy Sunday, said, a physical examination showed Taggart had "beautiful coronary arteries, beautiful circulation." "There is some possibility" that use of drugs, such as cocaine, could cause enlargement like that seen in Taggart's heart, the pathologist said. hi IT! f.l. .1 In , . I ii . I , I ' , i M - . ; - '-' . . . s - V ; .J 1 I I I -. ... v- i- "5 r . S 4 I in ; - s ., r v" ' r V. v u I i I i Leslie Harrison STATE CHAMPIONS and co-champions of Berkshire Eric Jordan, Jamie Virgilio, Mike Delpha, John Sawyer, r County in boys' alpine skiing are the Pittsfield High Derek Jones, Sean Rayner, John DiMattia, Matt trenerals. learn members are, Irom lelt, assistant coach McCusker, Al Barbalunga and Coach Steve McDermott. J r ' 1 ri C H j! ,v ' l ' it )iv- ;Li? it - v'r tlh'xWr' u mmumma mmmmJi d mmmsdmnA Mmin m E i. mmsmmsism waa! I -SI I ImV? ' lu . ki &a r Derek Gentile CO-CHAMPIONS of the Berkshire County boys' alpine Matt McCormick, Dale Gurek, Manu Kingston and John ski league are the Monument Mountain Spartans. Team Hickey. Nick Morse and Andy Schmid were absent when members are, from left, Coach Don Gulick, Sam Elkin, the, photo was taken. . "7 J I r UPI MOST FAMOUS MOMENT in the life of Jock Semple, who died yesterday at age 84, came during the 1967 Boston Marathon. 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